Origin of muslinFrench mousseline ; from Italian mussolino ; from mussolo, muslin, after Mussolo (; from Arabic Mauṣil), Mosul, city in Iraq, where it was made
Origin of muslinFrench mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo, Mosul, Iraq, from Arabic (al-)Maw&slowdot;il, from maw&slowdot;il, place of joining, from wa&slowdot;ala, to join; see w&slowdot;l in Semitic roots.
- (textile) Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.
- (US) Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.
- A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen. (US) Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.
- A dressmaker's pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.
From French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo (“Mosul”), that is Mosul in northern Iraq (compare 1875 Knight, Edward H., Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, V2 p1502: "Muslins are so called from Moussol in India.")